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India Voluntour (Goa) 14D/13N
Start: Goa / Finish: Goa
Category: Group Voluntour
$1,250 USD

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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
In/Out Goa Airport Transfers

13 Nights Accommodation:
- 11N in Goa Volunteer House
- 1N in Palolem Beach 3* Hotel
- 1N in South Goa 3* Hotel

Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 11 Dinners (Meals Included Day 1 Depending on Arrival Time)

Welcome Meeting & Orientation

Program Coordinator

English Speaking Translator

Cultural Workshops and Activities according to Project

Palolem Excursion Including:
- All transfers and sightseeing

South & North Goa Excursion:
- All transfers and sightseeing
- Entrance Fees to Monuments
- English Speaking Guide
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Other Meals/Drinks

Personal Expenses

Tips

Travel Insurance

Visa Fees

Flights

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Immerse yourself in the Goa region of India for a 14-day voluntour experience to work alongside local people and give back to the community.

Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the colourful local culture
  • Visit amazing and secluded white-sand beaches
  • Discover the rich history of the colonial city of Goa
   GENERAL

*Please note that this is a sample itinerary. All of the mentioned experiences will be included, but the dates and scheduling of these activities are subject to change.

**Please note that if you are placed in a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

 

Overview:

Participate in an exciting and fulfilling Voluntour opportunity in the Goa region of the beautiful country of India. You will be placed in a volunteer project that works in Women's Empowerment, Childcare, Teaching, School for People with Mental and Developmental Disabilities, Medical & Nursing*, or Beautification & Renovation*. You will be placed based on the program’s need for volunteers. We are unfortunately unable to take requests.

(*Additional Fee Required)

 

Location:

Goa attracts more travellers than any other location of India. Beautiful sandy beaches and the influence of Portuguese culture makes Goa a magnet for tourists. Young travelers specially find Goa interesting because of the vast array of adventurous activities it offers. The volunteer accommodation in Goa is located in South Goa near the Majorda Beach. This part of Goa is untouched by heavy tourist traffic and has a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 (Monday): Goa Airport Pick-Up

Upon your arrival at Goa Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your volunteer house. Depending on your arrival time, you will have all your meals included. Enjoy the day at your leisure to get settled in. Overnight in Goa.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday): Welcome Meeting & Orientation (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before starting with the project welcome meeting and an orientation about India and the program covering the following points:

  • India & its culture
  • Accommodation facilities
  • How to do volunteer work
  • Project activities
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Personal safety & Code of Conduct

Today you will also receive a Hindi Tutorial to make yourself familiar with the basics of the language. After lunch you will start preparing for your first day at your designated project – learn how to do your work, go through records of your project, and have a preparation meeting with your project executive.

Volunteer Projects:

There are volunteering possibilities in 6 categories, two of which have special requirements*:

  • Women's empowerment
  • Child care
  • Teaching
  • School for People with Mental and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medical & nursing*
  • Beautification & renovation*

*Please contact us to find out all the requirements and additional fees for the special projects.

Facilities at Volunteer Accommodation:
 
The Goa Volunteer House is located in a safe and secure location just 2km from the gorgeous Colva beach, with access to public transportation and taxis. This small facility has 4 rooms with two bunk beds, a fan, a basic wardrobe for your belongings, and an attached bathroom with a hot shower. Each room has an attached balcony and there is an outside dining area with buffet-style service. The house is outfitted with wi-fi, hot water, a washing machine, a refrigerator, computers and a copier/scanner/printer for volunteer use. Please remember, however, that this is a developing country and these services may not always be functioning properly. Expect a basic facility and a shared room with at least three other volunteers. The house has one shared lock-box for passports and other small valuables, but please consider bringing your own locks for suitcases. Purified drinking water will be provided.

ACCOMMODATION MANAGER: The accommodation manager acts as an administrator of the accommodation facility & is responsible for the safety and well-being of participants.

SUPPORT STAFF: The support staff includes a chef, a helper, a room cleaner, drivers, etc. The support staff is committed to creating an enjoyable and comfortable for the participants.

PROJECT EXECUTIVES: The project executives are the ground-handling coordinators on project sites. They accompany the participants while working on the projects.

* Please contact us to know the exact details of facilities.

 

Day 3 (Wednesday): Yoga Session #1 - Volunteer Project - Food Prep & Tasting (B/L/D)

Today the program will start with a morning yoga session followed by an introductory visit to the volunteer project to start your volunteer work. Later, you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare traditional Indian dishes and enjoy a traditional evening meal.

 

Day 4 (Thursday): Yoga Session #2 - Volunteer Project - Dressing & Henna Workshop - Dinner with a Local Family (B/L/D)

Begin the day with your second Yoga Session before starting your volunteer work during the day as per the indicative schedule. In the afternoon, visit a local dressing and henna workshop, and in the evening have the opportunity to visit and have dinner with a local host family to learn about the culture and to taste delicious, traditional food.

 

Day 5 (Friday): Volunteer Project (B/L/D)

Today you will volunteer according to your provided schedule and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Day 6 (Saturday): Palolem Beach Excursion (B/D)

Today you will depart for a one-night, two-day visit to the picturesque Palolem Beach. Enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in far south Goa, this secluded paradise is arguably the state's most beautiful beach.

Every season bamboo-hut resorts and restaurants are erected along the beach allowing visitors to stay right on the sand, only a few meters away from a swim in the Arabian Sea. The beach is just as welcoming for ‘beach bums’ as it is for people who want to really experience the local culture and do some exploring while they are there.

Enjoy the day on your own to explore this amazing place!

 

Day 7 (Sunday): Palolem Beach & Return to Goa Volunteer House (B/D)

After a delicious breakfast on the beach, enjoy the morning taking in some more of the Palolem white sand beaches and then transfer back to your volunteer accommodation for dinner and overnight.

 

Days 8 to 12 (Monday to Friday): Volunteer Project (5B/5L/5D)

These days you will volunteer as per the indicated daily schedule.

Typical Day of Volunteering:

07:30-08:30hrs: Breakfast at Volunteer Accommodation
09:00-12:30hrs: Project Work
12:30-13:30hrs: Packed Lunch at the Project Location
13:30-14:00hrs: Free Time/Relax
14:00-16:00hrs: Project Work
16:00-17:00hrs: Preparation Meeting/Lesson Planning for Next Day
17:00-17:30hrs: Tea/Coffee at Volunteer Accommodation
19:00-20:00hrs:  Dinner at Volunteer Accommodation

*The scheduled time table mentioned above may change due to the need of the project or any other circumstances.

 

Day 13 (Saturday): End of Volunteer Program & South Goa Excursion (B)

Enjoy breakfast at the volunteer house, pack your bags, and say goodbye to your new friends. Today you will begin a trip towards the south of Goa to do a sightseeing tour of Old Goa churches, forts, and plantations. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Aguada Fort and Chapora Fort, and have the opportunity to tour a Spice Plantation. Overnight in a local hotel.

 

Day 14 (Sunday): North Goa Excursion & Goa Airport Drop-off (B)

Today you will begin the morning travelling north and visiting the beautiful Anjuna beach. Here you can enjoy some free time at the seaside and visit the local markets, where you can purchase traditional jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs. Return from North Goa in the afternoon and later transfer to Goa Airport to catch your outbound flight. We hope you enjoyed this amazing experience and wish you safe travels ahead!

*Departure transfer is given from 20:00 hours until 10:00 hours next day.

   DETAILS
Departure Times

10:00

Duration
14 days.

Departure Point
Goa Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
Goa Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at gobamba@bambaexperience.com to confirm your departure information at least 1 week prior to your first day of travel.

***Please note that if you wish to volunteer with a project that works with children, you will have to undergo and pass a criminal records background check prior to arrival. You must make these preparations in your home country and send us the results prior to your trip so that we can confirm your volunteer project placement.

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